"Jurassic World" comes alive in Philadelphia This Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 photo, shows an animatronic stegosaurus on display at the “Jurassic World” exhibit opening Friday, Nov. 25, at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Josh Cornfield)
"Jurassic World" comes alive in Philadelphia
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Dinosaurs in museums tend to be of the fossilized variety, but a new exhibit in Philadelphia is bringing the creatures and their world to life.
 
"Jurassic World: The Exhibition" has opened at the Franklin Institute. Based on the blockbuster dinosaur movie franchise, the experience mixes the vibe of a theme park with the backstory of science, but the big - like, really big - attraction is the animatronic dinosaurs, some measuring over 24 feet tall.
 
The traveling show made its world premiere in Melbourne, Australia, earlier this year, but Philadelphia's U.S. debut offers some new features.
 
Here's what visitors can expect at the exhibit, which runs through April 23.
 
The exhibit features a dinosaur petting zoo. Guests can meet a towering Brachiosaurus, come face-to-face with a Velociraptor and get up close and personal with a Tyrannosaurus rex. The lifelike, life-size dinosaurs were designed by The Creature Technology Co., which created the enormous creatures for the "Walking with Dinosaurs" arena shows. A family-friendly "Gentle Giants Petting Zoo" also promises interactions with a baby Pachyrhinosaurus and its 29-foot-long mother. Visitors can even "pet" a small dinosaur.
 
What's different from the exhibit in Melbourne? The U.S. debut of the exhibit offers a look inside a raptor training paddock, like the one used by Chris Pratt's character in 2015's "Jurassic World." It includes an interactive raptor. Tom Zaller, president of Imagine Exhibitions, said the U.S. show also adds additional science-related content and interactive elements. The exhibit is nearly double the size of the Australian version.
 
The exhibit is pro paleontologist. Exhibit organizers worked closely with paleontologist Jack Horner to help get the science right. He is one of the best-known dinosaur researchers in the world. Horner discovered the world's first dinosaur embryos. He found that dinosaurs had nests and cared for their young.
 
In his book "Jurassic Park," Michael Crichton based the character Alan Grant on Horner. Movie maker Steven Spielberg brought Horner on as a technical adviser on all of the "Jurassic Park" films - and Horner did it without a college degree and with dyslexia.
 
Fake creatures, real science. The museum hopes to appeal to fans of science in addition to fans of the movie. An educator guide offers ways to look at the exhibit through scientific eyes on topics including ethics in science, climate change, DNA and genetics, and extinction.
 
It also offers interactive exhibits. Brave visitors can even stick an arm into a pile of dinosaur dung to feel its squishy, warm interior as a way to learn about identifying animals by studying their leavings.

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How are the creatures fake, but the science real?
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COMMENTS (31)
  • isaiahb-dor
    1/10/2017 - 12:59 p.m.

    The science is real look at the exhibit through scientific eyes on topic as science,climate change,dna and genetics, and extiction

  • tierstinw-dor
    1/10/2017 - 01:01 p.m.

    The creatures are fake because dinosaurs are extinct, and because even if they weren't extinct, the nature of the creatures is too destructive for a human to safely interact with one unless it has adapted through years of natural selection. the science behind them is real, though. This is because researchers and paleontologists have been able to extract DNA from dinosaur remains and look inside their genetic structures and map out their behavioral patterns.
    -T

  • jeremiahg-dor
    1/10/2017 - 01:02 p.m.

    The creatures are fake because dinosaurs don't exist anymore so they rely on scientist and science to illustrate how Dinosaurs would've looked like and their behavior.

  • kayleef-dor
    1/10/2017 - 01:10 p.m.

    The creatures are fake because Dinosaurs have been extinct for over a million years ago. The science is real because the scientist have real detailed research and evidence to back them up.

  • lorenac-dor
    1/10/2017 - 01:10 p.m.

    The creatures are fake, but the science is real because it's lifelike, life size dinosaurs. the animatronic dinosaurs are interactive and visitors can even pet small dinosaurs.

  • javierv-dor
    1/10/2017 - 01:12 p.m.

    The science is real dinosaurs once existed but are now extinct it is impossible for the dinosaurs in the exhibit to be real when they died many years ago. paleontologist are real scientist that study various dinosaurs.

  • hopep-dor
    1/10/2017 - 01:12 p.m.

    The creatures are fake because they're extinct but the science behind it is real because they did research on them .

  • nicoler-dor
    1/10/2017 - 01:13 p.m.

    The creatures maybe fake, but the science is real the reason people like scientist know this is because they've collected data over the years.Dinosaurs are extinct now but science has proven they existed. People have found the remains like archaeologists.so the science is very real.

  • sadek-dor
    1/10/2017 - 01:14 p.m.

    The creatures are fake because dinosoars don't extinct in the world today. There bones and eggs are being found everday which is being tested by paleontologists and Archaeologists.

  • andreas-dor
    1/10/2017 - 01:14 p.m.

    The creatures are fake because obviously dinosaurs are extinct and we don't see them anymore.But all the science is real because it is based on true data recorded.We are not able to have real dinosaurs now that's why we have the fake ones but all the information is true.A lot of information we have now is thanks to archaeologists, that do a great job discovering bones and fossils.

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